North Lake

The North Lake Specific Plan (NLSP), amended in 2007, provides neighborhood-specific design and land use regulations for an approximately 107-acre area in northern Pasadena. This Specific Plan area is generally bounded by Elizabeth Street to the north, Catalina Avenue, Mentor Avenue, and Wilson Avenue to the east, Maple Street to the south and El Molino Avenue and Hudson Avenue to the west. The Metro Gold Line Lake Station is located just outside the Specific Plan boundaries to the south. Other notable assets in the Specific Plan area include Washington Park and the historic Washington Theater.

In April 2021, the Planning Department presented the NLSP to the Northwest Commission to solicit feedback on any special consideration the Commission may have in regards to the plan's provisions. For more information, listen to the Audio Recording of the meeting

In May 2021, the Planning Department presented information on the NLSP update to the Design Commission. The focus of the discussion was to solicit feedback on the NLSP draft development standards that were presented to the community during the Round 3 Virtual Open House held in 2020. For more information, read the Design Commission presentation and listen to the Audio Recording.

The Planning Department is currently reviewing all of the feedback received and anticipates presenting a draft plan to the Planning Commission as a study session this summer. 

Existing Resources 

2007 North Lake Specific Plan


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Specific Plan Areas

  • Central District
  • East Colorado
  • East Pasadena
  • Fair Oaks/Orange Grove
  • Lamanda Park
  • Lincoln Avenue
  • North Lake
  • South Fair Oaks